My daughter and I recently went to a full day women’s retreat geared toward socializing, painting rocks, and playing games. Held outdoors in one of Oregon’s beautiful national parks we had fun hanging out in the pavilion, eating snacks, and getting to know each other better.
I got a little carried away and ended up with a flamboyant woman in a bikini as my rock painting project. Once she was created, she attracted a muscle bound male who just had to show off his muscles for her.
I started reading “The Gerson Therapy” again. This time in desperation. After a five day long headache something had to change. Too tired to attack a diet change head but with enough energy to ease into it, I began by making the simple Hippocrates soup (certain vegetables cooked and blended together) recommended for daily consumption. I sipped down a cup of that when I got hungry. It is so bland it didn’t really have much flavor to me, but it made my back feel fresh if that makes any sense. I had thrown extra potatoes into the pot so I could eat them if I wanted something more. This along with oatmeal sprinkled with raisins, and some fruit if I wanted something more, was my diet for the first week. I lost about 5 lbs that first 7 days and stopped craving processed food and sweets.
The Gerson Therapy was originally developed by Max Gerson, MD to help him get rid of his migraine headaches. The therapy also proved to be able to reverse cancer and other diseases. The basics of the Gerson Therapy are fairly simple: no added salt, no processed foods, no meat, no dairy, no on most grains, no oils except for raw flaxseed oil, fresh cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices (one cup 13 times a day with one hour between) for vitamins and minerals, regular meals of vegan type, and a coffee enema every 4 waking hours (to eliminate toxins). This along with some supplements make up the Gerson Therapy.
On the second week I started the coffee enemas and the juicing. I am three days into the second week now. The first day of the second week I did the coffee enema once. The second day I did it twice. I diluted the coffee to about 1/3 what they ask for in the directions because the time I tried coffee enemas years ago, I felt very nauseated afterward due to the extreme detox effect. The diluted solution is just right for me.
On the second day of the second week I continued with two coffee enemas and started juicing, but without enough energy to do more, I juiced only twice: one straight celery, and one a mix of three parts carrot and one part apple. I had more energy on that second day than I have had in a long time.
Today is day three of the second week. I plan to continue increasing my efforts until I am on the full protocol, and I will see my lyme specialist to discuss what I am doing.
I took my horses out one at a time to graze in the front lawn this morning, which I have not had the strength or desire to do for over a year. I cleaned the kitchen right after juicing which is unusual for me. And now I am so excited about the prospect of feeling better I have to write about it!
With Lyme disease not yet under control I believe the Gerson Therapy is going to help me detox and gain energy as I continue my journey toward recovery.
I have an idea to decorate the horses and use dreadlocks that are decorated to clip onto their tails and manes to make them look dressed up. I am thinking about riding in a parade or going to the park to let children pet them and give the children rides. I want to make the experience fantastical for the children; something they will remember for the rest of their lives as magical and beautiful.
I am thinking of decorating these with light brown and glittery accents.
After building the half wall and fitting in my work table, I realized the wall was in my way! I took it out, and built up the beam above so I could also take out the center support post in the middle of my studio, which was in my way also.
I like this so much better, and it only took some thinking to figure our how to arrange my shelves so there is no loss of shelf space.
After removing the divider wall I had put in previously, and rearranging my supplies, I was ready for the first felting workshop in my new studio. With a heater, electricity, hot and cold running water and a microwave, we had all the conveniences of being in the house.
It was a pleasure meeting Diane and she worked on a beautiful merino wool and silk scarf using the soft felting technique. The little locks of wool she added along the edges were from a different type of sheep I dyed last season..
The gram cracker “gingerbread” houses are constructed ahead of time so the icing can dry and the house structure will be firm before the party. Royal icing is used for construction because it holds the parts firmly while constructing and also once dry.
The recipe I used called for two egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1 pound of powdered sugar. Beat the egg whites first until stiff and foamy. Then add the cream of tartar and powdered sugar and beat for a long time until stiff peaks form. Cover the unused icing with plastic wrap so no air will get to it. If it starts to dry it will become crunchy and clog up your decorating tips. Recipes for royal icing can also be found online.
Buying candy for the party is a lot of fun. I always look for small candies that can be used repeatedly on small houses.
Here are some examples of what the kids and adults made at our last party for Kevin and Melanie’s kids.